Global Screen Industries
- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2019/2020
- FHEQ Level:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 2
This team-taught module draws on the deep regional expertise of SOAS scholars to provide insights on cinema (and a few television) industries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Each year the content of the module changes slightly depending on who is contributing to it, but students can expect to learn about the film (and occasionally television) texts and contexts of different cities and countries located within these SOAS regions. Through an engagement with specificities of 'non-Hollywood' production and consumption modes, the focus is on how screen industries have formed outside of the dominant Hollywood model, assessing at the same time, to what extent global cultural flows have enabled similarities to emerge. It has a strictly thematic focus, introducing some aspects of these non-Hollywood screen industries. Government guidelines, political contexts as well as technological, linguistic and historical issues will be provided where necessary.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate:
- an understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues involved in the analysis of non-Western film industries with particular reference to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa
- an in-depth understanding of the historical complexities of the transnational nature of film industries in terms of financing, the impact of new technologies such as digitalization, convergences with television and other media, and the existence of large diasporic communities
- an awareness of ‘national cinema’ as a concept related to both political agendas (state support for film production and promotion) and a marketing tool for the circulation of films in both the ‘art house’ and ‘film festival’ cinema circuits in the age of ‘globalisation’
- an awareness of the changing role of Hollywood and its relationship to world cinema through the ‘new division of cultural labour’ (Toby Miller et al 2005)
- an understanding of economic imperatives that impact upon content (specific to the various regions covered)
This module is taught over 10 weeks with a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar/tutorial classroom contact per week. There is also a 2-hour non-compulsory screening each week.
Method of assessment
An essay of 1,500 words to be submitted on day 1, the week after reading week, Term 2 (30%); an essay of 4,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, Term 3 (70%).
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